Lost in Passion
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
The bottom line, that's what this is. This is the number one reason to guard your passions and follow God's plan for your sexual relationships.
Which, by the way, is that you would have sexual relationships with only one other person-your spouse-and never before the two of you marry, but only after.
That's God's plan, but here's the reason-your body is God's temple.
Here's how this works, because I think most of us these days don't understand what a temple would have meant to people back in Paul's day. People would build temples for their gods and then their gods would come live inside the temple, right? Well, to whom does that temple then belong? Does it belong to the people who built it? No. It belongs to the god who lives there.
It's as if you are a landlord, and after giving the deed to God, He sends His Holy Spirit to live in your house. But then, for some reason, you continue acting as though you still possessed the deed, and you gave your home away to other people. Harlot after harlot begins to take up residence inside this home that you already gave to God.
All the harlots bring their own junk with them and spread it around your house until your once beautiful home looks more like a whorehouse than a temple. It gets hard to even find God in there amidst all the refuse, and all the while He's wondering, Wait, don't I have the deed to this house? Aren't I the one who has complete say of who gets to live here?
But at the end of the day, the buck stops with you. You are responsible to maintain your body and decide what it will be.
So what do you choose today? Is your body a whorehouse or a temple? If you choose to make it a temple, then bow your knee to God today and let Him be Lord of His house.
Prayer Lord Jesus,
My body is Your temple, and I thank You that You live inside of me! I'm so sorry for acting like my body belongs to me. Be Lord over me today and always. You have complete say over how I use my body.